By Chadd Cripe
© 2010 Idaho Statesman
Boise State expects to announce plans later this month for a Bronco Stadium expansion.
Boise State has invited boosters to “An Evening on the Blue — Celebrating the Bronco Stadium Expansion Campaign” on Aug. 27 at Bronco Stadium.
“It is paramount that we build for the future,” the invitation says.
Athletic director Gene Bleymaier declined to comment.
Boise State needs to raise money for any expansion of the 33,500-seat stadium. The school has looked at several options over the years — a horseshoe in the south end zone, adding curves in the north end zone and lowering the field.
Any expansion will include upgrades to the football team’s facilities — the locker room, training room and perhaps offices.
Coach Chris Petersen has frequently said that expanding the stadium and improving the football facilities are the next step for the growth of the program.
Meanwhile, TCU announced Monday a $105 million plan to turn its stadium into the “Camden Yards” of college football. Work will begin after the 2010 season and be completed in time for the 2012 season.
The stadium will seat 40,000 with the ability to expand to 50,000. It currently seats 44,358 — so the upgrades will actually shrink capacity.
The Broncos practice twice today. The offense was productive in the morning practice, but the defense provided the two most impressive plays. Defensive end Shea McClellin knocked tailback Jeremy Avery flat on his back in the backfield and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe stripped quarterback Joe Southwick, a fumble recovered by end Tyrone Crawford.
The Broncos practice again late this afternoon.
Check out Brian Murphy's post on the Sports Illustrated college football preview selling out in Idaho.
I had the incorrect date for the next scrimmage in my blog for a while yesterday. Just so there isn’t any confusion, it’s at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s open — and free — to the public.
Here’s another spot in my AP Top 25 ballot. The poll will be released Saturday:
5. TCU — The Horned Frogs’ athleticism, defense and experienced quarterback make them national title contenders. If they had beaten Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl, they’d be No. 2 on a lot of ballots.
8. Virginia Tech
15. Georgia Tech
17. Penn State
18. Oregon State
19. Florida State
22. North Carolina